Brookhaven Lab CSI has its own 'Rising Star'

Natalie Isenberg among those selected for premier women-centric workshop

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Natalie Isenberg

Since it began in 2012 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rising Stars has been promoting academic and research careers to women, who often have been historically marginalized in terms of representation and promotion within these fields. This year, Natalie Isenberg, the first-ever Amalie Emmy Noether Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, will be among those attending the intensive workshop, taking place on April 20-21, 2022 in Albuquerque, N.M. Sandia National Laboratories is hosting the event, which will focus on opportunities for women in computational and data sciences.

Isenberg, who joined the Brookhaven Computational Science Initiative (CSI)’s Applied Mathematics group as a Noether Fellow in 2021, is part of an elite group of women graduate students and postdocs chosen to participate in Rising Stars, which had only a 26 percent selection rate in 2022. Isenberg was nominated by Nathan Urban, CSI’s Applied Mathematics Group Lead.

As part of her Rising Stars experience, Isenberg will present a 15-minute research talk, “An Uncertainty Quantification Workflow for Biological Pathway Models,” which will examine why quantifying uncertainty is important in systems pharmacology modeling, especially when the models are used within a decision-making framework for identifying drug design targets. This year’s Rising Stars agenda is expected to be “a mix of research presentations, technical discussions, career advice panels, and discussions about academic/research life.”

“This is going to be my first time interacting with other scientists and giving a talk in person in over two years!” Isenberg said. “So, I am expecting this experience is going to remind me why attending conferences and workshops is one of my favorite parts of doing research. I am looking forward to learning about the breadth of research that all the other attendees are working on at their respective institutions. I hope to make lots of connections with other folks in and outside of the DOE and across different scientific disciplines.”

Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia are organizing and hosting the first Rising Stars workshop series in computational and data sciences.

“We knew that Natalie was a standout when she applied and ultimately was selected as CSI’s inaugural Noether Postdoctoral Fellow,” said CSI Director Kerstin Kleese van Dam, “It is wonderful to see her rewarded with the opportunity to attend the Rising Stars workshop, which provides a valuable forum for computational and data scientists seeking to create lasting career momentum in research areas that once were laden with hurdles—some posed merely by their gender.”

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